What's Great About It?
Mashed potatoes have always been an American favorite and you can have them instantly with Food Storage Depot's Dehydrated Potato Flakes! They are so easy to prepare and you'll have a steamy dish of mashed potatoes in minutes that the whole family will love. Mix them with bacon bits for a kick of flavor, make it rich and creamy with sour cream and butter, or even use these flakes to thicken sauces or soups. Store them long term up to 20-30 years, or use them for your next meal!
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Dehydrated Potato Flakes
How Long do Dehydrated Potato Flakes Last?
The shelf life of potato flakes can be stored, under proper conditions, for decades. For one, realize that as a dry product, there expiration generally corresponds with deterioration of the flakes’ quality over time. The longer you store them, the greater the deterioration. So essentially, you could eat flakes that are 100 years old, but they will likely have lost most of their nutritional value by that time, and taste more like dust than potatoes. The main factor that determines the shelf life is temperature.
How Do I Store Potato Flakes?
Potatoes have been stored since pre-Columbian times, so the process is pretty well established. As the cultivars of the original potato, ancient Peruvians were probably the first people to dehydrate and store potatoes. Called “papa seca” these potatoes were popular in an Incan dish at least 500 years old, called “carapulcra” to which “charqui” dried meat was added. P.S. If you noticed that the word “charqui” sounds a lot like “jerky” that’s because that’s exactly where the word jerky came from. They also dried them by letting them freeze outside overnight, then stomp on them to remove the water. Thank goodness for modern drying methods!
For maximum life, your best bet is always in a cool place (darkness does not matter since they are in light-blocking cans). While many customers do not have the option to keep in a cooler place, realize that it will still be acceptable, because the only difference really is that warmer temperatures essentially breaks down everything at a faster rate than cooler temps. If you can keep it in sub-zero temps, maybe it would last for a few hundred years.
How Do I prepare, or Reconstitute dried potatoes for eating?
First, boil water. Next, pour the hot water on the flakes. Add butter, milk, and other seasoning as desired. You can adjust the amount of water to the thickness you desire.
Heat water until boiling, then add flakes, etc…
Generally speaking though, most dehydrated products can be reconstituted in a survival situation by soaking them in water, without having to boil the water first.
How are flakes different than dehydrated potato pearls?
Pearls are essentially little balls, or round pellets, but otherwise are basically the same product. Pearls are also going to be less versatile such as being able to coat food before frying/baking.
Dehydrated potatoes recipes
Here is a list of recipes we found:
Potato flake cookies: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/10827/potato-flake-cookies/
Potato flake fish: https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/potato-flake-fish-136840
Baked chicken with instant potatoes: https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/crispy-baked-chicken-made-with-instant-potatoes-254068
Potato flake sourdough starter: https://www.thespruceeats.com/potato-flake-sourdough-1806084
Can I Use Flakes in Baking Bread?
Yes. They are commonly used in standard wheat and also potato bread recipes, which makes it a little more convenient to rotate your food storage.
Can I Use them to Thicken Soup?
Yes, many people use the flaks to thicken sauces, stews, and soups. It is an ideal thickener, as well as binder. Here is a gravy thickening recipe: https://oureverydaylife.com/use-potato-flakes-thicken-gravy-38301.html
Do Potato Flakes Have Gluten?
No. By the fact that they are made with potatoes, and not flour, dehydrated potatoes provide a nice substitute in recipes that call for flour.
What is Healthier: Rice of Potatoes?
Rice and potatoes both have similar nutrition to each other, such as iron, but potatoes have mor Vitamin C, so if you have to choose only one, potato might be better. While some people have asked if they are unhealthy for you, the answer is simply no.
How Much Does a Can of Dried Potatoes Weigh?
A typical can weighs abut 1.5 lbs. and contains 48. One serving size is about 1/3 to ¼ cup.